to tack (a vessel in a precarious
situation) by dropping the lee anchor as soon
as the wind
is out of the sails
, then cutting
the cable when the ship swings off onto the new tack
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Word origin of 'clubhaul'
< naut. club
(to drift with anchor dragging) + haul